Marcus writes regularly for all the major broadsheets and for several years had a weekly column in The Times called Sexy Maths followed by Sexy Science. He has also written for a range of magazines from The New Scientist to Wired Magazine, from the Economist to Esquire Magazine. Below are a few selected highlights of Marcus’s articles.

Six of the Best: Fractals

The Times, 4 February 2017

To coincide with a talk I gave at the South Bank Centre as part of their Belief and Beyond Belief festival, I talked about the idea of the God of the Gaps. My book What We Cannot Know explores challenges that might always transcend the power of science to answer. These include the challenge offered by chaos theory. The geometry of chaos are the fractals that appear in this piece.

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If I ruled the world

Prospect, June 2016

If I ruled the world…I’d make sure everyone understood Euclid’s proof that there are infinitely many primes and ban people from saying “I’m bad at maths”.

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Happy (birthday) coincidences

The Times, 8 October 2008

Part of the Sexy Maths series

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Dispatches back from 2024

Wired Magazine, 3 July 2014

My dream for what the eduction system will look like 2024.

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How composers from Mozart to Bach made their music add up

The Guardian, 5 April 2013

Works from The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute to Schumann’s Lyric Suite betray their creators’ fascination with numbers.

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Wired: What We Cannot Know

Wired, September 2016

To coincide with the launch of Marcus’s new book What We Cannot Know, this piece for Wired Magazine explores how knowing some things are unknowable isn’t a known certainty…get that Rumsfeld.

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More of Marcus’ articles

  • Six of the Best: Fractals, The Times, 4 February 2017

    Six of the best examples of fractals in art

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  • Wired: What We Cannot Know, Wired, September 2016

    Article about Marcus’s new book What We Cannot Know.

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  • If I ruled the world, Prospect, June 2016

    Article for Prospect Magazine

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  • Dispatches back from 2024, Wired Magazine, 3 July 2014

    My dispatch back from the year 2024.

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  • Ask a grown-up, The Guardian, 2 November 2013

    How many grains of sand are there in the world?

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  • How composers from Mozart to Bach made their music add up, The Guardian, 5 April 2013

    Article about maths and music

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  • How Machine Intelligence is Evolving, The Observer, 1 April 2012

    This article was written to tie in with my BBC Horizon programme about AI.

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  • Why the Taxman has your Number, The Times, 22 October 2008

    Part of the Sexy Maths series

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  • A calculating approach to love, The Times, 15 October 2008

    Part of the Sexy Maths series

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  • Happy (birthday) coincidences, The Times, 8 October 2008

    Part of the Sexy Maths series

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  • Primes of Passion, The Times, 1 October 2008

    Part of the Sexy Maths series

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